Grab the perfect Mac mini M2 setup this Memorial Day: Mac, monitor, keyboard, and mouse for less than $900

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It's all well and good recommending that you buy yourself a Mac mini instead of a MacBook Air or another laptop, but it's very easy to remember that while the Mac mini is cheaper (by a long shot), it doesn't come with anything bar a power chord. Now, if you've got all the accessories you need — chiefly, a monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse — then you're going to be fine. But what if you don't?

Sales like Memorial Day are the perfect time to grab everything that you need to get a desktop setup without breaking the bank — you'll often find the price of your Mac mini creep over $100 the moment you start buying a decent monitor and other accessories. We made sure to keep our setup relatively affordable here, with a top limit of $900 —  and we think we managed to create a very tasty Mac mini setup for less than the price of an M2 MacBook Air.

The Mac

Mac mini M2 |$599$499 at Amazon

Mac mini M2 | $599 $499 at Amazon

The center of the setup, and the bit that makes everything happen. The M2 Mac mini is a wonderful little desktop PC, that provides loads of oomf for not a massive outlay. That M2 at the heart of the machine is powerful enough for some slightly weightier workloads, and the 8GB of RAM will suffice for most multitasking. This is only $20 away from the lowest price ever, so well worth picking up.

Why the Mac mini?

If you're looking for a Mac setup that won't break the bank, then there's little better than the Mac mini. This lil' computer has all the power you'll ever really need, and thanks to its small size, it will nestle comfortably almost anywhere you could think to put it. If you're planning on doing more demanding work with the machine, then you might want to think about the M2 Pro chip and some more RAM, but for most people, the base model is going to be just fine. It's easily one of the best Macs that money can buy.

The display

Samsung 34-inch ViewFinity |$379$249 at Best Buy

Samsung 34-inch ViewFinity | $379 $249 at Best Buy

Samsung monitors are some of the prettiest around, and this is the best way to get loads of screen real estate without breaking the bank. 34 inches of monitor is more than enough for most people, and the QHD resolution gives much better pixel density than standard HD so you'll get more on screen at once. This is a great saving on a solid monitor, and perfect for our little Mac mini setup thanks to its HDMI input.

Why the ViewFinity?

Samsung makes some great monitors, and at the moment you can pick them up for some great prices in the Memorial Day sales. This ultrawide panel is going to act like having two screens next to each other, taking up less space than the traditional two-monitor setup that most people have — and it also means that you only need one display cable plugged into the back. It's also an excellent price, getting you plenty of screen space without spending too much money.

The keyboard

Logitech POP Keys |$99$79 at Amazon

Logitech POP Keys | $99 $79 at Amazon

This Logitech keyboard is designed for Mac from the ground up, and its mechanical keys will make typing a joy on your new Mac mini. It'll add a 'pop' of color as well, making your desk a little more exciting whenever you sit down to get some work done.

Why the Logitech POP Keys?

Sometimes, you want to have some fun on your desk — be that through playing some games, or by popping a super fun accessory down. The Logitech POP Keys mechanical keyboard manages to be not only an excellent keyboard, but also a fun addition to your desk thanks to its funky color scheme and rounded keycaps. Are there cheaper keyboards within the best keyboards for Mac? Yes, but sometimes it's worth pushing the board out for something that will make you smile.

The mouse

Logitech MX Master 3S | $99$69 at Amazon

Logitech MX Master 3S | $99 $69 at Amazon

If you want a quality mouse on your desk, then look no further than the top-of-the-range Logitech MX Master 3S. It's easily one of the best mice for Mac that you can spend your money on, and this reduction only makes it easier to recommend to literally everyone.

Why the Logitech MX Master 3S?

So I'm actually using this very mouse right now (only in the very fetching and quickly grubby-ing white colorway), and it's perhaps one of the greatest pointing devices ever put on a desk. It's a comfortable, functional mouse, with loads of buttons and a very smooth scroll wheel. That scroll wheel, in fact, will click open to loosen itself so that it can scroll endlessly — no more impenetrably long web pages, you can get to the bottom in a simple swipe of your wheel.

Anything else?

Want to push the boat out and get some devices that will truly complete the ultimate desk setup? We have some ideas, and they take the form of some PC speakers and a pair of headphones. They'll bring you over that $900 mark, but they'll really round out your new Mac mini M2.

Sony WH-1000XM5 | $399$328 at Amazon

Sony WH-1000XM5 | $399 $328 at Amazon

Now you'll be able to enjoy all your favorite tunes, movies, and TV shows without bothering anyone nearby with your noise. These are some of the best noise-canceling headphones around, after all, and this is their lowest price ever — a perfect addition to our Mac mini setup.

Polk Audio Signature Elite ES20 | $399$319 at Amazon

Polk Audio Signature Elite ES20 | $399 $319 at Amazon

If you know you're in a place where there's no one else around to bother, then there's nothing better than a pair of top-quality bookshelf speakers to finish off a desk setup. These will plug into your Mac mini, and make your music, movies, and TV sound incredible. Just don't pump them too loud, you want to keep your hearing in decent shape.

Tammy Rogers
Senior Staff Writer

As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.